Feds Coming to Texas to Listen to Parents, Advocates About Special Ed

They want to hear from parents, advocates and others about how students with disabilities are identified and evaluated for services.

Texas set a benchmark for special education at 8.5 percent for school districts.

Federal authorities are headed to Texas to take a closer look at special education in the state’s public schools.

The U.S. Department of Education will hold a series of “listening sessions” on special ed later the week of Dec. 12.

They want to hear from parents, advocates, school personnel and others about how students with disabilities are identified and evaluated for services.

The feds raised concerns about Texas meeting federal law on special ed in October after a major Houston Chronicle investigation. It found that Texas set a 8.5 percent benchmark for how many children could receive special ed and that cap may have prevented thousands of children from receiving needed services.

The Texas Education Agency has told authorities that no child has been denied services, but they plan to make changes.

The new hearings will be held across the state, including Austin, Houston, North Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. The schedule is below:

Dallas, Dec.12 from 6-8 p.m.
Region 10 – Richardson
400 E. Spring Valley Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75081-5101
(972) 348-1536

Houston, Dec.12 from 6-8 p.m.
McKinney Conference Center, Room 100 A-F
7200 Northwest 100 Dr.
Houston, Texas 77092
(713) 462-7708

El Paso, Dec. 13 from 6-8 p.m.
Region 19 – El Paso
6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79925
(915) 780-6570

Edinburg, Dec.13 from 6-8 p.m.
Region 1 – Edinburg
1900 West Schunior
Edinburg, Texas 78541-2234
(956) 984-6180

Austin, Dec.15 from 6-8 p.m.
Region 13 – Austin
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, Texas 78723-3675
(512) 919-5313

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